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angela merkel, but in an emotional opening statement where he spoke as he said from the heart general alexander explained his view that nsa counter terror efforts are keeping america safe. >> let me give you thoughts here. i think this is important for our country to think about this. if you look at the trends in the ct arena in 2012 it was the highest globally it has been ever, over 15,000 people killed. in just this last month, 2,336 people were killed, 1510 injured in pakistan, afghanistan, syria, iraq and nigeria, yet there has not been a mass casualty in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck. they didn't stop hating us. they didn't say they were going to just forgive this. they continuing to try. it is the great members of the intelligence community, our military, our law enforcement, that have stood up and said this is our job. and we do it with our partners and our allies. and it has been a great partnership. >> while members on both political sides of the house intelligence committee express doubt and outrage some thought to defend the spying. >> do you believe that the alli
on germans including chancellor angela merkel. according to the magazine, merkel's mobile number had been lifted by -- listed by the nsa special collection services 2002. all of these reports have been based on leaks by edward snowden. in a moment we will be joined by journalist glenn greenwald who first broke the snowden story. first, we turn to saturday's protest in washington. it was organized by the stop watching us coalition. jesselyn radack, a former justice department who now works for the government accountability project, read a message from edward snowden. >> we are here to remind our government officials that they are public service -- servants. this is about the unconstitutional, unethical, and immoral actions of the modern- day surveillance state, and how we all must work together to remind the government to stop them. know,bout our right to our right to associate freely, and to live in a free and open democratic society. [applause] witnessing an american moment in which ordinary people from high school to high office stand up to oppose a dangerous trend in government. we are
angela merkel for the last three years. this contradicts reports that obama had told merkel he didn't know. citing a u.s. intelligence worker involved in the spying operation, he said nsa chief keith alexander informed obama in person about the surveillance in 2010. the paper quoted the source as saying that obama did not stop the operation back then, but let it continue. the article said they increased the surveillance to include the contents of merkel's text messages. the agency then started tapping a new, supposedly bug-proof cell phone she acquired this past summer. media reports say obama apologized to merkel when she called him on wednesday. the president told merkel he would have stopped the bugging had he known about it. specs spokespersons for the nsa have denied the allegations. the agency said in a statement in beijing on sunday that nsa chief alexander never had talks with president obama about its spying activities on people, including merkel in 2010. a german weekly magazine has disclosed the details of allegations that u.s. intelligence services secretly collected inf
push back against charges they've gone rogue for spying on angela merkel and other leaders. >> do you believe that the allies have conducted or at any time any type of espionage activity against the united states of america, our intelligence services, our leaders or otherwise? >> absolutely. i have to say, chairman rodgers, that some of this reminds me a lot of the classic movie "casablanca." my god, there's gambling going on here. it's the same kind of thing. >> and our big headliners today. former hhs secretary from the clinton administration, fda commissioner, housing secretary, budget conferee, and congressman peter king. and because we all need a smile today, we will show you how this little boy stole the spotlight and became one of pope francis' youngest and most charming apostles. >>> and good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington, where kathleen sebelius fell on her sword for the obama administration today, apologizing to the american people, acknowledging the critical flaws within the health care enrollment website, and it happened under her watch. >> hold me accountable for
, president obama was briefed by nsa chief keith alexander about spying on angela merkel's calls. the nsa quickly denied the report telling cnn general sander did not discuss with president obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving german chancellor merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving murkle. the nsa says the willingness up to now to deny present and future monitoring. >> i can tell you the president can assure the chancellor, the sungs not and will not 3407b tore the conversations of the chancellor. >> reporter: they are coming to the u.s. to challenge their american counterparts, after breaking quote german law on german soil. house chairman rodgers defended the nsa under surveillance on cnn sunday saying it was both well regulated and essential to keeping both americans and europeans safe from terrorism. >> i think the biggest story here, candy, if the united states intelligence services weren't trying to collect information with u.s. interests home and abroad. >> reporter: the no. 2, former number two n.cia, mike burrell on "60 minute
and continues to be allowed to get cookies, we're continuing to do this eu, u.s. trade deal. angela merkel is saying let's not let the nsa problem keep us from doing this deal. >> especially since bernard kirschener was involved, it reminds me of the sergeant in casablanca, who is shocked -- >> we played that clip yesterday. >> okay, i'm sorry. >> shocked there's gambling going on at all. >> howard, we watch you when you're on "the cycle". >> thank you. by the way, i think today the administration kind of threw those other intelligence agencies in the eu countries under the bus because we're now saying that a lot of this listening was done not directly from the united states assets, whether they be satellites or cable intercepts, they are done under sort of contract if you will, by the domestic agencies in those other countries. and we were harvesting those phone calls. edward snowden has not only gotten in the middle of the united states versus the rest of the world, he's gotten in between the governments and their own spy agencies, which is perhaps one reason why the article is saying, l
topic. prote press secretary jay carney said president obama assured angela merkel that there was not and will not be spying on her. >> this is what he said about france and spain. >> i have no information. >> senator dianne fienstein says she does not think it is proper for america to spy on the leaders of allied nation. the white house ordered a top to bottom review of intelligence gathering. >>> and the germans want to question nsa leaker edward snowden. they want to bring the nsa contractor in to testify at a parliamentary inquiry, after reports that the u.s. spied on 35 countries. edward snowden has kept a low profile since being granted asylum in russia. >> fireworks will occur on capitol hill as health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius goes before a senate kate me to -- senate committee to apologise for the site. >> at first they blamed high volume. four weeks into launch the official in charge of the website offered this. >> to the millions of americans attempting to use to enrol in health care coverage, i want to a
not confirm the nsa was spying on the phone calls of u.s. allies like germany's chancellor angela merkel. in an interview with the new cable network fusion, he both defended u.s. i intelligence activities. >> the national security operations generally have one purpose and that is to make sure that the american people are safe. >> reporter: and conceded that maybe they've gone too far. >> i'm initiating a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing. >> reporter: senior administration officials tell cnn president obama did not know about the nsa surveillance of merkel and other allies until earlier this year. when he found out he ordered a stop to some of the programs. the democratic chairman of the senate intelligence committee, dianne feinstein, usually an ally of the white house, says that's not good enough and wants a total review of all u.s. intelligence programs. european lawmakers are in washington this week. >> they feel uneasy. they don't know why it's happening. >> reporter: amid reports the u.s. surveillance of leaders of i
on the monitoring of world leaders' phones, including the phone of the german chancellor angela merkel. the administration has denied this saying the president didn't know until a review over the summer. here's the reaction to that from the house floor earlier today. >> according to the administration official, the president did not sign off on this stuff and was unaware of the depth of the surveilance of foreign leaders. well who did sign off? mr. speaker, is there a shadow government in america that operates outside the law, outside the knowledge of the administration? sort of spooky, isn't it, mr. speaker? >> we expect more questions like that when the hearing begins later this hour. we'll have live coverage here on cnn. joining us now is our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto, another story surveilance world leaders. the sensitivities enormous right now. but the president's role in all of this, it still remains murky. >> i had a long conversation with a senior administration official last night. and the white house position is this. that the president different. he a
to have to explain who knew what and when about the spying on german leader angela merkel, maybe they won't, since the fur or that caused this is secret. i asked lee greenwald if it was credible if president obama, as he claims, did not know president obama was spying on one of his most trusted european allies. >> unfortunately it is credible. nsa has become this rogue agency that does go off on its own and do whatever it wants. you would think the president or white house would be aware of that. at the same time an incredibly opaque world that is unto itself that operates actability. i don't know what's carrier, the president did know, approved it and is lying about it or didn't know and nsa took it upon itself to do that. >> california congressman adam schiff will be among those raising questions at the hearings. he's stopped off on the way. thank you very much. >> you bet. >> what's the most important thing you want to hear from the head of the nsa and national intelligence. >> couple of things. the hearing was originally supposed to be focused on domestic information fisa court and re
with washington took a serious hit. germany has been fuming over allegations that angela merkel cell phone could have been kept since two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor. one of the country's amp's wants edward snowed in to testify on the matter because he doesn't trust us intelligence officials. don't you do you think i'd die. i think it's important to work together with mr snow in rather than putting him in prison he always liked more clarity on these allegations someone to make sure something like this it doesn't happen again. snow in the world for many years for the cit and an essay so i'm sure he can tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents because as we've seen the nsa has been very scarce with providing information. i also think that the organization including nsc chief keith alexander aren't always be truthful they want to claim they'll never bring german laws and their surveillance operations but tapping the chancellor's ford is not legal. that's why i have trouble trusting u s intelligence official the quiet american security officials and
says president obama assured angela merkel there is not and will not be spying on her. this was the reaction when jay carney was asked about leaders of france and japan. >> i don't have anything more specific about specific alleged operation, or conversations that the president may or may not have had with foreign leaders. >> senator dianne fienstein the chair of the committee says it's not proper for america to spy on the leaders of allied nation. the white house order a review of intelligence gathering. >> i talked with the senior advisor at the in effect today. heather hurlburt told me a lot of the authority that the nsa has was given to the agency after the world trade center bombing. >> shortly after 9/11 we passed a bunch of laws and the american people gave a clear message to congress - which was keep us safe, we are happy if you do what it takes to keep us safe. the routes of many disclosures are in the the patriot act or things that were adopted and allowed to stand after 9/11. the way that americans are ever going to understand all of this is making sure that
place but it went right up to the leaders such as angela merkel. that's the issue that sparks the most anger. >> all right, jim, thank you so much. interesting, though. mike rogers always says, that's why the president has to have an encrypted blackberry and cell phone. everyone is trying to spy on president obama as well. >> we don't know how much the politics is masking the practicalities these days. >> good one. >>> another storm, not of the political nature, a real one is brewing and could cause problems across the midwest and impact your halloween. let's bring in indra petersons who's tracking the storm for us. what do we know? have you stopped the storm. >> it almost looks like a big bullseye on the weather map. it tracks its way across. it's going to impact a huge chunk of the country for the next several days. heavy snow through montana, wyoming, even today, dustings through colorado. that cold and dry air will clash with that warm and moist air as the system makes its way east. every time you see this, you get perfect ingredients for severe weather. we're talking kansas city d
chancellor angela merkel there is not and will not be any spying on her. but this was the reaction when carney was asked about leaders of france and japan. >> i just don't have anything more specific about specific alleged operations or conversations the president may or may not have had with foreign leaders. >> the chair of the senate en 't 'tilgention committee, senator dianne feinstein says she does not think america should be spying on the leaders of al libraried nations. meanwhile, the white house is saying that it is reviewing intelligence gathering techniques. john. >> randall, thank you. >>> joining us to talk about this is heather hurl better, . senior advisor and speech writer for president clinton. welcome back, heather? >> thank you for having me, john. >> you know, it strikes me that the problem is that it may be the problem is that the administration really didn't tell the american people what was going on until now. but when they were forced to. do you see it that way? >> one of the more interesting back and forth in congress today was an argument among committee member
that the national security agency eavesdroped on german chancellor angela merkel. the n.s.a.'s director, army general keith al sander the, defended the general practice of surveillance in the u.s. and abroad to prevent terrorist attacks. >> there has not been a mass casualty here in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck! they didn't stop hating us. they didn't say that they were going to just forgive this. they continue to try. it is the great members in the intelligence community, our military, our law enforcement that has stood up and said this is our job and we do it without w our partners and allies. >> reporter:. >> woodruff: house intelligence committee chairman mike rogers also defended the efforts. >> the way we go forsword to make sure our programs are protected and by people who are doing their best not be demonized in the process. this is the time for leadership? a very dangerous and chaotic world. it's not a time to apologize. >> woodruff: on the other hand, democrat jan schakowsky of illinois underscored concerns by some that the surveillance has gone too far. >> why did we not
are not willy-nilly spying on angela merkel. that is a good strategy to half. there is some intelligence -- if there is some intelligence we are doing legitimately, we can always fall back on it and that is pretty much what i want to say. the story in "the washington post" has the headline -- group thatbipartisan wants to rein in the nsa spying program and stop this dragnet collection of american phone calls. on the other hand you have senator dianne feinstein who heads the senate intelligence committee with mike rogers, republican who heads the house intelligence committee. here's what they would do according to "the washington post" -- is that enough? caller: absolutely. that validate the point that i was making. you have people pushing to the extreme and don't have interest in the intelligence and defense community. they are pushing to ease the public pressure in people are trying to be more realistic and modern about it. host: what do you make of jim sensenbrenner, who was integral in crafting the patriot act, now saying we have to rein it in? caller: they are feeling the political p
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